Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 2013

Halloween horror nights

SOOOOOOO once again it’s time for Universal Studios Halloween Horror nights for 2013! And once again I’m late with the news, they go so well together don’t you think?

Now in it’s 23rd year, Halloween horror nights starts this weekend, Thursday, and goes until Nov. 2nd. For almost all weeks it takes place each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It starts each night at 6:30 PM and goes until midnight or 2 AM, depending on the date. This event takes place in the Universal Orlando theme park, NOT Islands of Adventure.
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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 at Disney World

Disney Halloween party

I must say I’m really slacking off on keeping this site updated, sorry about that! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 at Disney World has already started and I wanted to give everyone a heads up before it did.

But better late than never I guess, so here it is! This year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park is going on from September 10th to Nov. 1st.

This special event is held on select nights, normally 2 or 3 nights per week during the time they have it. It’s only at the Magic Kingdom theme park and last from 7 PM to midnight on each night.
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New Disney Villains in the Celebrate the Magic show

Disney shows

For those who don’t know, Disney has had a new nighttime show at The Magic Kingdom theme park for about a year now. Called “Celebrate the Magic” it projects colorful Disney scenes onto the Castle at night, set to music.

It’s really a very cool show, using the whole castle as a giant screen. They normally show this just before the fireworks show, on the nights they have it.

Well now starting Sept. 1st to Nov. 1st the show will include more of the Disney villains. Such as Ursula from the little mermaid, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and more.

I assume they are doing this because of Halloween, which makes sense. On the nights they have the “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” at the Magic Kingdom, the show will play after normal guest have left.

So that will give a nice refreshment to the show if you’ve seen it before. As well as adding to the whole Halloween theme of villains. Make sure you check it out if you have not seen it yet! :)

Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2013

Disney's Epcot food and wine festival

This great annual event at DisneyWorld’s Epcot theme park is a real treat for the senses. Foodies and those who appreciate good wine will want to save the date for the 18th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival from September 27th to November 10th 2013.

What’s on the ‘menu’?
As expected there will be an abundance of culinary delights to sample at the International Marketplaces, tasting events and seminars, as well as concerts and celebrity chefs to schmooze with.

International Marketplaces
The Marketplaces offer up cuisines from countries around the world. Back again for another year are the Brazil and Hawaii Marketplaces which were well received at last year’s festival. Making its debut is the Scotland Marketplace with products synonymous with the country such as Scotch, mead and beer. Will there be haggis too?
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Cabin in the woods will be at Universal Studios Halloween Horror nights

Cabin in the woods

Most people don’t know it, but Universal Studios has a full team of people that work all 12 months of the year on the next Halloween Horror Nights event. They come up with the themes of the new haunted houses, sets, costumes and so on.

One thing I found out recently is that one of the haunted houses is going to be modeled after “The cabin in the woods” movie. “Cabin” director and co-writer Drew Goddard is working with Universal on the house’s production.

If you saw the movie you know there are lots of creepy creatures in it. The haunted cabin at Universal Studios will have all of them in it, including the “merman” and the crazy unicorn.
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Happy 4th of July in Orlando, Florida!

4th of July in Orlando

Happy 4th of July everyone! It’s time to celebrate independence day with BBQ’s, outdoor fun and of course great fireworks. Here in Orlando we have lots of local firework displays to choose from.

Plus you can see unique displays at the local theme parks. Some of the most well known local fireworks are the Cranes Roost Park “Red, Hot and Boom” show at Altamonte Springs. This show was last night, the 3rd.

At downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park there will be a big party and fireworks show tonight. Activities start at 4 PM and go on until 10 PM. Fireworks start at 9:10 PM.
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Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial day weekend

Happy Memorial day weekend everyone! For many this is the start of summer. It’s already getting pretty hot here in Florida, I think we are in for a very hot summer this year.

This also is the start of our famous afternoon thunderstorms, so be careful while driving in the afternoon as chances are you’ll get surprised by a quick downpour. When that happens remember to turn your lights on, slow down and watch for other drivers who may stop still if the rain gets too hard.

I will be going with some friends to Playalinda beach this weekend, over by Cape Canaveral. Nope, not the clothing optional part of the beach, which is way down at the end of the beachline. Maybe someday. 😀

If your driving somewhere this weekend please be careful and give yourself plenty of time as the roads will be packed. Don’t drink and drive and watch out for others on the road, including motorcycles.

The theme parks will be full too, maybe even reach capacity with some of them, like the Magic Kingdom. So be prepared for lots of people if you hit the parks.

So I wish everyone a happy Memorial Day weekend and hope you all have a good time and be safe. Just relax, don’t plan too much into each day, and be sure to protect yourself from the sun! :)

Disney’s Expedition Everest Challenge in May

Disney Animal Kingdom run

The Disney Expedition Everest Challenge is one of the annual upcoming events at Walt Disney World. This thrill-packed event gives you a chance to experience the true meaning of “racing heartbeat.” Runners must complete a 5K on a course through the Animal Kingdom.

There are obstacles and challenges, as well as a scavenger hunt. Along with the Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the Tower of Terror Ten Miler, this is one of the most popular Walt Disney World’s nighttime races.

This fun filled event takes place every year. Besides the obvious attraction of a 5K race, there are many other exciting elements that make this nighttime adventure anything but ordinary.
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Daytona beach bike week 2013 picture gallery

Bike week 2013 picture gallery

Hi everyone! I went to this years Daytona beach 2013 bike week like I do every year. The day I went happened to be a cold and windy day out. So there were not too many biker babes walking around in bikinis. :(

In fact the beaches were empty, as you can see in some of my pictures. I went down to the beach, walked up main street where everything was going on, then drove over to the Daytona speedway.

Outside the track they always set up lots of cool new and custom bikes for sale. Some are amazing and one of a kind. So I took a lot of videos and pictures of it all, including when I was down on main street.
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Star Wars Weekends 2013

Star wars weekends for 2013

Tens of thousands of people are waiting for the Star Wars Weekends. This summer event celebrates the spectacular “Star Wars” universe created by George Lucas.

Each weekend starting from May 17th you will be able to meet your favorite Star Wars characters and enjoy fabulous shows at Disney Hollywood Studios! The event runs for four consecutive weekends, so you have plenty of time to make plans and attend this annual celebration.

For Star Wars fans, this fun filled event is like a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. From Friday to Sunday each weekend, you can have fun and blast into the Star Wars universe. Coming face to face with an armed robot is not uncommon! Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor will return as celebrity hosts, a role they have performed for the last two years.
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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2013

Disney's flower and garden festival 2013

The 20th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will boost flowering fun and culinary creations to a whole new level. The event runs from March 6 through May 19 and boasts whimsical topiary displays featuring your Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Pluto and other popular characters.

Guests will discover a new garden and children’s play area inspired by the Disney film “Oz the Great and Powerful,” admire colorful garden displays, and attend weekend concerts.

Disney’s own wonderful landscaping is enhanced by illuminated gardens, new topiary additions, and Disney character-shaped shrubs.
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Disney’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights picture gallery

Disney Hollywood Studios Christmas pictures

Each year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park they turn a few streets into a gigantic Christmas lights display. It’s the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights display, over 6 million Christmas lights!

They also play music which the lights dance to every 15 minutes or so. Plus you even get to see some fake snow falling on you. I took some pictures of this years show for 2012.

You can see them all below. Pictures really can’t do justice to this amazing display however, they look much better in person. The dancing lights set to music is really something to see also.

But the picture gallery below gives you a little taste of what to expect. If you visit Walt Disney World during the Christmas holidays I highly recommend you see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios! :)

To use this picture gallery of Disney’s the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, click on the first picture and the picture show will start. Click the arrow in the right bottom corner to go to the next picture. Click inside the picture at any time to exit the picture gallery. Hope you enjoy these pictures from Disney’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights 2012!